Obasanjo extols virtues of late Olubadan 


CITIZENS COMPASS —Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday, March 15, 2024, has extold the virtues of the late Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Olalekan Balogun saying his enviable qualities stood him out as a Yoruba king. 

The former President said he received with great shock and profound sadness the news of Olubadan’s passing to glory.

Obasanjo who is currently in Baku, Azerbaijan, attending the 11th Global Baku Forum, said in a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, that the late monarch left an enviable qualities, which clearly stood him out, including an impeccable record of incorruptible leadership.

According to the former President: “His enviable qualities clearly stood him out as he left behind an impeccable record of incorruptible leadership, a legacy of forthrightness, thoroughness and unwavering commitment to public good. He demonstrated that politics was an avenue not for mindless enrichment but for rendering faithful service.”

Obasanjo added that the late Olubadan’s contributions to the political, social and economic life of Ibadan, Oyo State, Western Region and, indeed, Nigeria will remain indelible in the hearts and minds of those who had interacted with him in politics and in social-economic life. 

“A decent and amiable gentleman, he commanded the respect and admiration of his peers and associates. Like most great leaders, he was all things to all men. To his family, he was a tower of strength and a committed provider; to his community of Ibadan, he was an early model in national leadership; to his Yoruba kinsmen, he was a worthy Ambassador of all things noble about them; and to the rest of Nigeria, he was a symbol of a nation’s epic struggle in self-discovery and self actualisation.”

To Obasanjo, the late Olubadan of Ibadanland “will be remembered as a foremost nationalist, patriot and custodian of our cultural and traditional values, who gave his best while in the service of the nation with distinction and commitment to the high ideals of the public service particularly during his service as the Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”  

The former President noted that, “Although Oba Olalekan Balogun’s passage is like a dream, especially as he left us at a crucial state in our nation’s history when his wise counsel and rich experience are greatly needed.

“I would urge the Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, the Olubadan-in-Council, all the members of his immediate and extended family as well as the entire good people of Ibadanland and Oyo State at large to take solace in the worthy legacy and his mark on the history of this country he left behind. In fact, we ought to give gratitude to God for his worthy life.  

“I pray that Almighty Allah will grant you all the strength to bear this great and irreparable loss.  And may He grant the late Oba Al-Janah Firdaus,” Obasanjo was quoted as having said. 


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